Lepanthes vaginans Luer & Hirtz 1993 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Filamentosae

Side View of Flower Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Inflorescence Photo by Lourens Grobler

deep shade Cold Fall

Common Name The Sheathed Lepanthes [refers to the column being covered by the lip]

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2300 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 11, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, narrowly obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, elongating, 4" [10 cm] long, flexuous, successively several to many flowered inflorescence with 2 to 4 simultaneously opening flowers

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Lepanthes in Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

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